Healthy Food Systems

Advancing Local and Regional Food Systems

Opportunities to Grow Resilient, Equitable Communities 2.0

Wednesday, January 28 – 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

farmers-market-produceThe 2015 New Partners Conference will again feature an optional pre-conference workshop on healthy, equitable food systems, to be held on Wednesday, January 28. Building on the success of last year’s pilot workshop in Denver, which drew nearly 180 attendees from a broad range of sectors, disciplines and geographies, this 2.0 version will further inspire and equip participants to advance local and regional food systems aligned with smart growth objectives and strategies. How can local or regional food production, processing or distribution activities create economic opportunities, foster environmental sustainability and promote community health? How are urban, rural and suburban communities working to improve food access for their most vulnerable residents? What partnerships and resources have enabled successful planning, implementation and evaluation efforts across the country?

Grassroots advocates, policymakers and government staff, researchers, planners, funders and other public and private stakeholders will explore these issues through an expanded agenda with additional time for networking and smaller group discussions. The program will showcase examples from the Baltimore/DC region—including some also featured in an optional conference tour the following morning—alongside leaders from across the country. Beginning at 11:00 am, the workshop will kick off with a plenary and networking lunch, followed by three sets of concurrent sessions. claremont-farmers-marketParticipants will select from sessions oriented to different community contexts, smart growth lenses, and transferable advocacy and assessment approaches. Following a closing plenary, the workshop will adjourn at 5:30 to a reception, providing participants the opportunity to continue networking and reflecting on the day’s discussions.

The workshop includes lunch, coffee break and a post-workshop reception. Pre-registration and a $45 fee are required.

Made possible by the generous support provided by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, through funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Food & Community program, Local Government Commission, AARP Foundation, Princes Trust, The Horizon Foundation, Town Creek Foundation, and the United Way of Central Maryland.